News For This Month: Health

REHAB FOR DEPRESSION Unfortunate events often lead to us being sad. However, this feeling resolves with time as one gets new ways of looking at things. Depression is an involutional melancholia: a sense of inner emptiness that has no external cause. It comes from nowhere. There is however a big difference between sadness and depression. Sadness does not need treatment; depression does. Doctors whose training leads them to believe in pharmaceutical drugs as the solution to many of life’s emotional, as well as physical, problems will tend to prescribe even more when told that an initial drug has not helped. For instance, they may add in a mood stabilizer on the first description while increasing the first dose of depressants given. Most doctor’s worst fears is the patient commiting suicide and him being blamed for not helping them out with the right prescription. All this generally depends on what all the other doctors have been doing. Consequently there is a solid inertia: the status quo continues and is unchallenged, regardless of the mounting evidence of serious risks associated with these drugs. From the perspective of the patient, the sombre feeling and clouded mind make it very difficult to function effectively when faced with very real challenges such as unemployment, bereavement, inadequate housing, family problems and money worries. The doctor’s suggestion is often that an antidepressant will ‘take the edge off’ or ‘put the mind in a splint’ and thereby enable the patient to be able to function more effectively and even resolve some of the issues. There is very little evidence that this is what happens in practice. It is more probable that the patient becomes dependent on the drug and the problems persist as before.
Looking On The Bright Side of Resources
Patients will often try to lift their depressed moods on their own by using alcohol, recreational drugs, nicotine, caffeine, sugar and white flour. However all this substances have mood altering effects as they act on the centre of the brain. Therefore it is very easy to become habituated to them. Good rehab centers focus on keeping the patient away from all mood altering processes and substances. Prescription medications will be used in an effective rehab only to cover short-term withdrawal symptoms. Using them for a longer time may cause disastrous long term pharmaceutical drug addiction.
Lessons Learned from Years with Wellness
In order to get to the root of the addiction and depression problem, good rehabs often center on trauma resolution. The appropriate on-going treatment for the underlying depression is through daily working of the Twelve Step programme, first formulated by Alcoholics Anonymous. This is at times an unpopular suggestion – but the process works and there are no damaging side-effects. On using this program, it is possible to set aside the years of misery.Gloom and doom become features of the past, not of the present.